So I haven’t really updated much since the arrival of Jubes, so here’s a little peek at what we’ve been up to as a foursome.
Needless to say, it’s been tiring, frustrating, endless clearing of shit, sleepless nights, and thoroughly rewarding.
To anyone still on the sidelines about having kids, jump in, I say. You’ll love it.
Julian Tan was introduced to the world on 13 Jan 2017, our second little bundle of joy, and yes, it took me more than 2 months to document this, because it’s been a crazy 2 months!!
And we’re quite glad to report that big brother Oliver is taking to the new addition pretty well!
Stay tuned for more adventures of the brothers Tan!
Before Trump took the Presidency (I know! I’m having trouble believing this, too), the Tans took Perth. All 3.5 of us packed our bags and headed down under for a leisurely week of not doing much. (That’s what happens when you have a pregnant mum on one hand and a bubbly toddler on the other.
Against all of our fears of a toddler approaching his terrible-two on a 5-hour flight, it was relatively uneventful, thank god. We arrived at Perth, grabbed our rental car, and off we went in search of adventure!
First things first, the hotel. Or rather, the view from the hotel.
After gawking at the view and having a quick rest, it was time for dinner. I can’t remember now what we had for dinner, because look at that view!
We also took the chance to visit the Caversham Wildlife Park, a privately owned and operated petting zoo, where Oli had fun getting up close and personal with the kangaroos, koalas and a bigger than expected wombat.
We then headed out to the Blue Boat House, an iconic boat shed to visit anytime you’re in Perth. And another major reason for this visit, was also to celebrate this little toddler’s 2nd birthday!
Of course, any trip down under should come with some…. wine. 🙂
I guess after this, our next family trip will be a trip for four. And we’re greatly looking fourward to that!
Oli took his first overseas trip as he turned 6 months, after furious research into possible destinations that:
1) wouldn’t be too long of a flight time
2) is relatively child friendly
3) can allow us to have a relaxed itinerary
4) all of us can enjoy
We settled for New South Wales, specifically Hunter Valley and Sydney.
Despite the anomaly of a storm that hit NSW the week before we were there, things worked pretty much most of the time, and we weren’t affected by any road closures or damages to work around. In the end, we chose a combination of a relaxing Hunter Valley Alpaca Farm to be the first leg of the trip, followed by a whirl of Sydney City.
Off we go!
First off, a little shout out to Starline Alpacas for the wonderful little hut. It was a lovely, peaceful and sprawling farm (we got lost in the farm looking for our hut the first night as we drove down the darkness). The 200 alpaca (yeap!) farm also included the token sheep, some pigs, ducks and an amazing view as you can see for yourself! Fair warning though, Alpacas totally will spit at you!
Since this was Oli’s first trip, naturally, his overzealous parents took mostly pictures of him looking at things:
All in, it was a fun and relaxing trip. Most importantly, it made us realise that we totally can bring Oli out to see the world, and enjoy the process of it!
Now to plan our next destination…